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Summer 2- Curriculum Overview and Spelling List

Parent Volunteers (Reading Mums and Dads)

We are looking for Parent Volunteers in Year 1. This half term our focus is on Reading. If you have any free time we would love for you to come in and listen to children read. If it is as little as 20 min or as much as 1-2 hours, we would greatly appreciate your support. If you feel you are able to volunteer please let Mrs Sawyer or the front office know what days and times you can do.

Thank you for your continued support!

Year 1 Lanchester Team

Attention! We need your help!

Please can you bring in any unwanted junk modelling material as we are making recycled art next week.

We need:

Plastic bags

bottle tops


containers (small and large)

boxers (small and large)



crisp packets


paper bags


cardboard tubes

lots of masking tape


Thank you in advance,

Year 1 Team

Sublime Science Swans Class

Sublime Science Swans Class 1
Sublime Science Swans Class 2
Sublime Science Swans Class 3
Sublime Science Swans Class 4
Sublime Science Swans Class 5
Sublime Science Swans Class 6



We apologise for the homework not being available for the last few weeks. New allocations have now been made. There are more than usual to make up for some of the lost time, however please do not feel you need to read them all in one week. New allocations will be made after half term. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Mrs Critchlow


Monday: Canada

Tuesday: Australia

Wednesday: Greece

Thursday: Brazil and China

Friday: India

            "Food Tastings from Around the World" Parents invited to bring a dish and come and share. 3pm-4pm

Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to help us with our Year 1 International Week.

So far these are the countries of focus.

Monday: Canada

Tuesday: Australia


Thursday: Brazil

Friday: India


After discussions with our International Week Volunteers: we have decided to celebrate our International Week through a "Food Tastings from around the World" session on Friday 29th January from 3pm-4pm (during extra curricular club time) in the school hall. We invite all parents (and siblings) to attend and we would love if as many people as possible could bring a dish from their cultural heritage to share.

  • If your child has to leave at 3pm on this day, this is fine and we will endeavour to get some food for them to take home.
  • If you are unable to attend, you are still able to contribute food- we can collect it from you in the morning and store it appropriately until the 3pm celebration.
  • If you are unable to attend children will still be with their class/club teacher and the normal 4pm pick up time will still apply (after school club will run as per normal times).
  • If you attend and would like to leave before the usual 4pm time- this is fine as long as you tell the class teacher or club leader that you are taking your child- to ensure we have a record of where children are at all times.
  • If food could be labelled with a description of what it is called, which country it is from and a list of ingredients (for allergies and food preferences) it would be greatly appreciated.

We look forward to hopefully seeing you there for the celebration.

Thank you for your continued support,

The Year 1 Lanchester Team

Many parents have asked to have information about Year 1 Maths. Therefore, we have now added Maths to the Spring Term Overview, we hope that this information is useful for you.

The Year 1 Lanchester Team

Welcome back everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely break over this holiday period!

Please look at the following- Spring 1 Curriculum Overview, Spring 1 Spelling List, Spring 1 Show and Tell Rota. If there are any questions please feel free to ask either at morning drop off or via email.

Remember homework for year 1 involves: Home Readers, Bug Club, Abacus and Spelling.

Many parents have asked how many times a week they should be completing these homework tasks, although there is no compulsory specific number, we recommend you use this as a guide to ensure your child is receiving the best support from home.  

Bug Club: 2 times a week (children can read previous books from their Bug Club library)

Home Readers: 4 times a week (children books are exchanged twice a week, so each book should be read at least twice)

Spelling: 4 times a week

Maths: 4 times a week (accessing the games available via the Bug Club Login, games can be revisited from previous weeks)


Thank you for your continued support!

The Lanchester Year 1 Team

D&T Week Homework

Dear Parents,

This week is D&T week. So far in the lead up to this week we have been developing our understanding of structures and architecture in our community and comparing these with different communities around the world. We have also been looking at what materials are needed to build a house and special features of houses in England that ensure insulation. Furthermore, we have explored how we get electricity to our homes and how electricity helps us in everyday life.


As a homework project this week we would like you and your child to have some fun in designing and creating your own 3D model of a house. It could be a house from England or you may like to look into houses from around the world and try to replicate this. Get as creative as you like, in the process talk to your child about the materials you will need, how you will ensure the materials stay together, how will your structure be stable, what features do you need to include, and so forth, Please do not make your structure any bigger than an approximate shoe box size as we would like to put these on display in our school. Feel free to write about the process in the creation of your structure. This D&T project will be due Monday 30th November.

Thank you for your support and HAVE FUN!

The Lanchester Year 1 Team.

Dear parents of Swan Class,


Thank you for a fantastic round of parents-teacher conferences. 

It is very encouraging to see all the support the children receive at home.



We have done lots of reading and writing about the stories “Grace and family” and “Naughty bus”.

We have been recognising adjectives and using them to add description to our sentences. We have also been joining two sentences together with connectives like ‘and’, ‘but’, or ‘because’. There has also been a focus on improving our handwriting and presentation.


We have been comparing numbers using vocabulary like ‘greater than’, ‘smaller than’, ‘one more’, ‘one less’. We have practiced counting from zero to twenty (backwards and forwards) and the number bonds to 10.



We have looked at different types of maps and used them to find Gambia, name the continents, find our way around our school and our classroom. We have found out what families, schools, games and toys were like in Victorian times and how they have changed. We have produced some self-portraits in the style of Picasso and Van Gogh and we have designed our own toys.


It has been a very busy and enjoyable half-term and I hope we all have a good rest over the holiday because I look forward to another action packed half-term to come!


An understanding of spelling is very important in children's ability to read and write. A reminder that the list of words for this half term are important as they consist of words that children are using in their day to day writing, plus the words are a chance to practice the sounds we are learning in phonics.

Please remember to practice spelling these words with your child. Engaging with these words at least 3 times a week has a very positive impact on their learning.

Thank you for your continued support

Lanchester Year 1 Team

As we have had new arrivals to the class this is the new and updated list for Show and Tell.

Mr Eriksen


Our cross curricular learning is taking us into the world of toys. We would like your child to bring in one toy to use in class for the next two weeks. We will be using our toy for inspiration with our writing- using it to write descriptions and then using it to write our own story- inspired by the text 'Naughty Bus ' by Jan and Jerry Oke.

A few guidelines with picking the toy....

Please do not let your child bring anything of too much value as we can not be responsible for damaged or misplaced toys.

Please make sure the toy is a suitable size- not too large or too small.

We look forward to sharing our writing creations with you.
Thank you

Lanchester Year 1 Team


Bug Club and Abacus are now up and running. To login to your childs account their username is (first four letters of first name and first four letters of surname) and the password is your childs class name. If your child only has 3 letters in either name then just enter the 3 letters.

For example: Sarah Bloggs from Seagulls Class

Username: sarablog

Password: seagulls

school code: 3ghs

If there are any issues with your login please inform your class teacher and they will endeavour to fix the error ASAP for you.


Chiltern Open Air Museum

With the sun shining we set off on our first trip of Year 1. We were about to “step back in time” and experience life unlike we know it today. The coach ride involved excited voices, animal spotting and singing. When we arrived we got straight into some very hands on activities.

We explored how they had light before people could flick a switch. Ask your child what you can do with a bowl of water and a candle! We then had great fun making our very own beeswax candles.

We got to cook- without an oven! We cooked in a small cottage that was 200 years old and we enjoyed learning about the family who used to live there. Ask your child how they used to measure their ingredients in the Victorian era! We even had our very own milk man deliver some milk for our cooking.

After lunch we enjoyed the castle playground!

Then it was straight to the brickyard to see how some children had to work in the past. We loved getting our hands mucky and filling all the clay into the moulds. Ask your child how we managed to get the clay out of the mould without damaging the brick!

Despite our late arrival back to school (sorry again and thank you for your patience, it was greatly appreciated!) everything during the day ran very smoothly and a great time was had by all! We look forward to drawing upon these experiences in our future lessons about life in the past.

The Year 1 Lanchester Team

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Dear Parents of Swan Class,


In Swan Class we have had a great start to life in Year 1. We are learning about the expectations and routines in Year 1 at Lanchester Community Free School and we are getting to know each other.

In English the children have been using lots of Wow words and adjectives to describe themselves and their Mum and Dad.  They have also done lots of writing about our Summer Holiday.

In Inquiry the students have been talking about Picasso and learning how to make portraits of Mum and Dad in the style of Picasso.

In Maths they have been remembering how to read and write numbers up to 100 and getting to know all the different Maths resources we have in our classroom.

In Phonics we have been revisiting the letter sounds that the children learned in Reception and we have been playing Phonic games with Obb and Bob.

It has been a slightly hectic, but hopefully also fun, week.

I am looking forward to seeing all the parents on Wednesday for the Parents Meeting!


Kind regards,

Lars Eriksen

  • Lanchester Community Free School
  • Hempstead Road, Watford
  • WD17 3HD

01923 224160